Tyler Shields

1982 · United States

Artist biography

Tyler Shields is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other famous artists such as Alex Paik, Meg Webster, Alexandra Rose, Sean Mcdonough, and Heidi Johnson. Tyler Shields was born in 1982.

About Tyler Shields' works

Tyler Shields is regarded as a main figure in the fields of Figuration, Conceptual and Pop. Figurative art can simply be understood as art that involves strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often thought of as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it involves a significant number of opportunities to represent the chosen object or figure. The diversity of style in figurative art is enormous, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to break free from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, detached from the material reality. Indeed, the core of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the finished artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first emerged in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary feature of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus challenged, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to provoke the audience. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a tool to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Pop Art is a highly significant movement which first came to be in the 1950s, across Britain and America, and can be described as both a critique and celebration of mass-produced popular culture. Although the styles and mediums included in Pop Art can highly vary, going from Roy Lichtenstein reproductions of comic-strips, to Andy Warhol’s silk-screen prints of soup cans, and Richard Hamilton’s collages, the underlying most fundamental aspect remains the same – an interest in mass-production, mass-culture and popular media. With Pop Art, the spirit of popular culture is raised to the status of high art, shifting boundaries and establishing a connection to the contemporary public never achieved before by any other movement.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Tyler Shields' work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Maddox Gallery in London, Plan X art gallery in Milan, and MILLER in Cincinnati. Tyler Shields' work has most recently been exhibited at Plan X art gallery in Milan (04 February 2020 until 08 February 2020) with the exhibition ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo. Tyler Shields' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Possessed by a Possession (18 July 2019 - 19 July 2019) at Plan X art gallery in Milan and PAST THE PRESENT (19 October 2018 - 03 November 2018) at MILLER in Cincinnati.

At the moment, Tyler Shields has a total of two artworks for sale at Artland.

Historical Context of United States

The US, in particular New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre emerged in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that emerged in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Tyler Shields

Tyler Shields was born in 1982 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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